Garden Tour: Middleton Place Plantation, Charleston, SC + An Announcement

Garden Tour: Middleton Place Plantation, Charleston, SC + An Announcement

Last week, the old south – specifically Charleston, South Carolina welcomed me for a few days while I got to know some new people.  I’ll get to what the meeting was about in just a second – but I wanted to share with you a tour of Middleton Place.   I  live in Boston – and though…

Monday Morning Wanderlust: Monastero Santa Rosa

Monday Morning Wanderlust: Monastero Santa Rosa

I have a confession — I think I am getting on my husband’s nerves….but I can’t stop. It’s January, cold and I’m up for a get-out-of -town sort of adventure.   So all weekend I found myself suggesting we could go there…we were talking about my daughter trying out for the play footloose (which takes…

Ninimalist Charm

Ninimalist Charm

Nini Andrade Silva is an award-winning designer for hotel interiors.  But she is so much more than just a designer. As she says: “I don’t have one job. I have a career. And it revolves around creation and creativity.”  Which is why, when she works in an area (she is based in Portugal but works…

The Smog Shoppe & Making a Great Indoor-Outdoor Party Place

The Smog Shoppe & Making a Great Indoor-Outdoor Party Place

I am, with great envy, eyeing the Smog Shoppe in LA.  I so wish that Boston had a similarly hip indoor-outdoor event space that married gardens and industrial architecture together in a way that makes you just want to party. In looking at the place, I certainly imagine attending or hosting the smoothest soiree and…

Garden Destinations: Babylonstoren Garden  – South Africa

Garden Destinations: Babylonstoren Garden – South Africa

Chief among my ‘must do’ list of travel destinations is Africa – in general -.  I have only been to Morocco and only Tangier at that (which is slightly akin to counting Mexico done after a border crossing to Tijuana).  Such an unexplored expanse of total foreigness bekons and when I allow myself some armchair travel, I always dream…

Destinations: Saguaro Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ

Destinations: Saguaro Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ

When the holiday hulabaloo dies down I relish the thought of clearing all the clutter and starting the new year with a clean slate.  Clean Slate Mentality  drives me in so many ways.  Its why I can’t wait to do a major refrigerator and freezer scrub down.  It’s why I am especially excited about the lack…

The Beirgarten Garden

The Beirgarten Garden

Remember when pool side Tiki bars were THE thing?  This beirgarten at the Standard Hotel in LA has me wondering if possibly a rage for a more German inspired version of the garden tiki lounge could be possible. One that relies on beer and brats? images from the Guardian and whereLA

The Battersea Power Station’s Landscape Plan

If you have been to London, England for even 5 minutes you have probably noticed the Battersea Power Station.  It’s the big interesting looking set of buildings that is within eye shot of nearly every major attraction in the city.  So it is not without anticipation and excitement that its renovation into a mixed use…

Garden Destinations: Corrour Lodge’s Wild Garden

Garden Destinations: Corrour Lodge’s Wild Garden

Corrour Lodge is a modern twist on the classic Scottish shooting and hunting lodge.  The original lodge burned but was rebuilt in 2003 by architect  Moshe Safdie.  Fitting into the Highland environment and surrounding the lodge are the beautiful wild gardens designed by Jinny Blom. Jinny Blom is a master of creating the wild and…

Before & After: Berkeley Square Hotel, Bristol, England

Before & After: Berkeley Square Hotel, Bristol, England

Adjacent the the Berkeley Square hotel in Bristol England was an “embarrassingly dirty and uncared for area”.  Designer Katherine Edmonds changed that and created an oasis in the heart of the city.  What once as a car park is now an eclectic garden space that the hotel can use to host parties and events. From…